Jim Hu of SB Nation’s Good Bull Hunting summarized the key points from Texas A&M;’s rout of DePaul in the Sweet 16, including three very simple words of wisdom from the always-entertaining Gary Blair.
This was pretty clearly one of the teams’ best overall offensive performances. The Ags 60% FG% was the best ever for A&M;in an NCAA tournament game. Courtney Walker’s 25 points led all scorers. Williams scored 14 of her 15 in the second half. All 5 starters were in double figures as Karla and Jones finished with 11 points and Tori ended with 10. The bench contributed 10 points with Knox going 2-2 and Jennings 3-3. Jennings has struggled with her jumper and finding it in the tourney allows Blair to get her athleticism onto the court for more minutes.
In the post-game, Coach Blair was asked what the Ags did that OU and Duke weren’t able to do. His answer: “Don’t zone ’em”.
With the Aggies’ ability to stay in front of the Blue Demons’ guards man-to-man, that might have been an easier proposition for them than past opponents.
Most interesting for Texas A&M;moving forward is that they got that 60% field goal shooting without making a three: if we learned anything from UConn’s game against BYU, it’s that threes might be an important factor to beating them.